Children in the house? Keep their day lively with some fun activities for rainy days and best of all is we have some ideas to share with you:
Host a “Tea” Party
Dress up in fancy outfits, set the table with the good china, and put on your most formal manners (remember, extend your pinkie and sip politely). On the menu: tea (for you), juice or cocoa (for your children), and easy egg or chicken salad tea sandwiches in fun shapes, courtesy of cookie cutters. The kids could try to prepare the sandwiches if you trust them. Let your kids decide the guest list—and which of their favorite dolls or furry friends are on it.
Dig out the board games and challenge all the family to a game or two. Make it even more competitive with a score board and qualifiers for each game.
Paint Pebbles as Flags of the World
Put on the wellies and go for a quick walk to collect pebbles or stones. Once back inside you can paint different designs or to make it more educational ask them to paint the flags of Europe or from around the world and have a game after trying to remember where each flag is from.
Races Across the Kitchen Table
Give each child a straw and cotton wool ball. Put down a ribbon or spaghetti as the finishing line. Now blow through the straw to move the cotton wool balls and set up races or even relays if you have enough children. This can be done across the floor also. Its a great way to relieve tension or frustration from the body which is also a plus.
Plan a Family Break! For Real!
Ok, you may be stuck at home, but you can still dream of your next break away. Even better: you can make a game out of it. One that’s even a tiny bit educational (shhh, don’t tell the kids). Look at a map of Ireland—and let kids pick a location they’d like to visit. Have them research how to get there, where to stay, and what to do. They can create a budget based accommodation, make a plan of what sites to see, and then sell their ideas to the rest of the family. At the very least, everyone will learn a little bit about a new city or county. At best, you may figure out your next family adventure.
Bake Up Some Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Nothing cures rainy day blues like a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies. Dunk them in milk or eat ’em right out of the oven—a surefire way to happily weather the storm. Get the kids to come up with and idea for dried fruit and chocolate chips and try it out. Check out this super healthy options if you want to avoid all the bad stuff!
Indoor Treasure Hunt
Make one set of clues for every player (try rhyming the clues for fun), each clue leading to the next one and, finally, to the treasure. Seal them in envelopes marked with a clue number (i.e., 2/7, or “two of seven”); this will help the treasure hunters keep track. Whoever solves the clues first and finds the treasure-an IOU for a movie, maybe a cache of coins (regular or chocolate) or my favourite, no chores today/free pass for dishwasher duties—is the winner. You could also have your kids play as a team to solve the clues—and uncover the treasure—together. This works better when you have younger ones or if they have been fighting earlier….. Check out here for some ideas!
The great thing about fun activities for rainy days is when the day is almost done use the opportunity to get them into an early bath with the next activity.
Make Your Own Bubble Bath
Kids love playing with water and mixing things so this can be a great activity and best of all they won’t want to wait to get into the bath after and try out their own bubble bath. In a clean container, mix together ½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap, 1 tablespoon sugar or honey, and 1 egg white. Pour the entire mixture under the running water as you draw your bath. Honey is a natural humectant, which will attract and retain moisture in your skin. The egg white helps create stronger, longer-lasting bubbles, for a nice, fluffy bath. For extra-dry skin, consider adding a tablespoon of light oil, such as almond or light sesame.